|PEACH BELT STANDINGS|
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (15-10, 10-9 PBC) used a second-half surge to outlast Columbus State University (12-13, 7-12 PBC) in a 76-70 Bobcat win on the road Wednesday. The victory clinches a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament seed for Georgia College.
The Bobcats trailed by as many as eight in the first half, but Georgia College came out of the halftime break hot, using a Jordan Thomas (Conyers) three and a layup from Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) to take the lead at 44-42 just under three minutes into the second half.
GC Men's Hoops kept CSU at arm's length for the remainder of the matchup, including senior Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) hitting all four free throws in in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
Thomas finished with a game-high 28 points, all nine of his field goals coming from beyond the arc. Roberts finished with a 14-point, 16-rebound double-double, his eighth this season. Sophomore Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) powered the Bobcats with 14 points and five boards.
Georgia College led the rebounding battle 39-28, turning into an 11-5 advantage in second-chance points.
The win moves the Bobcats 10-9 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, positioned fifth in the league standings. With three PBC games left, Georgia College could finish as high as fourth or as low as eighth. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament in March.
GC Men's Hoops is back in action Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m., traveling to the University of North Georgia (10-15, 5-14 PBC). The Nighthawks most recently lost at Clayton State University 89-72 today.
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